What you pay for

Explore what music licensing is and why it's a model that works. You might want to know how much it will cost, where you can download information, or who you can contact for more - you're in the right place!

Why licensing?

  • Legal

    Peace of mind for your production. Use music worry-free, without concerns of legal grey areas or copyright issues down the road.

  • Fair

    Licensing music protects and supports artists by ensuring that they are fairly compensated for their work. This helps the creative community thrive and grow.

  • Standardised

    You always know what to expect when it comes to pricing for using our music. Consistent rates with flexible options.

In brief

Our licenses

  • 1

    Use music headache-free with our easy to use and legally watertight online licensing process.

  • 2

    Get both synchronisation and usage rights for composition and recording from one source, reducing the effort of licensing with multiple parties.

  • 3

    Enjoy license periods in perpetuity. No need to license again unless you make changes to your production.

  • 4

    No extra fees for layouts, ad cutdowns, DVD or Blu-ray copies or language versions.

  • 5

    Now with online payment options, many of your creations are licensed for use immediately, no waiting for clearance.

  • 6

    Our music is fair, and part of the GEMA World Repertoire. The GEMA administers its own policies, click here for more information.

Pricing overview

How much will it cost

  • Free of charge
    Free use includes: In-house, commissioned and co-productions, broadcaster's own program trailers, free productions intended for broadcast only and the online placement of those productions, e.g. in the media library of the broadcaster.

    Any questions? Feel free to contact us via chat, phone or email.
  • Chargeable
    We have a direct contract with public broadcasters which also applies to broadcasts that can only be seen online. Declarations of music usage need only be sent to the royalty and licensing department of the broadcaster. IT versions, exchange music, advertising, sponsoring, branded content, secondary usages on Blu-ray or other media must be reported to us and licensed by us where necessary.

The use of our music in commissioned productions is generally free of charge, provided that the commissioned broadcaster has a GEMA contract. Such a contract stipulates the respective rights to be observed (GEMA, GVL, etc.). The producer simply has to send a notification of the music titles used to the broadcaster. The broadcaster takes care of the notification of the relevant parties.

    • 1 Medium
      100 €
    • All media
      150 €
    • Flat rate 1 track 1 year 1 brand
      1.500 €
Price per track and production, worldwide, exclusive of 7 % VAT

Branded content with a focus on informative added value instead of classic advertising communication. This includes business-related films such as presentation, image or trade fair films, event documentation, company or product presentations for brands.

The annual flat rate per track for corporate media is valid for all media for 365 days in any number of productions for a single brand (one manufacturer or one brand).

  • Internet/Cinema/Radio
    • 1 City
      100 €
    • 1 Federal state
      200 €
    • G-S-A
      500 €
    • Europe
      1.000 €
    • Worldwide
      2.000 €
  • TV
    • 1 City
      200 €
    • 1 Federal state
      300 €
    • G-S-A
      1.200 €
    • Europe
      2.000 €
    • Worldwide
      3.500 €
  • Our recommendation All media
    • 1 City
      300 €
    • 1 Federal state
      500 €
    • G-S-A
      2.000 €
    • Europe
      3.000 €
    • Worldwide
      5.000 €
  • Our recommendation Flat rate
    • 1 City
      1.500 €
    • 1 Federal state
      2.000 €
    • G-S-A
      4.500 €
    • Europe
      6.000 €
    • Worldwide
      9.500 €
Price per track and production, worldwide, exclusive of 7 % VAT

Classic advertising such as bumper ads, clips and other types of advertising. Prices apply regardless of ad length, number of airings and duration of use. Additionally:

  • We license follow-up spots (text or motif changes) with the same music title at a 50% discount.
  • Cut-downs (edited versions without changes) and allongen (attachments to a commercial or radio spot) are free of charge.

Our product flat rate for commercials is valid for all media for 365 days in any number of productions for one product.

    • LICENSING REGION
      NON-FICTION FICTION
    • G-S-A
      100 € 200 €
    • Europe
      150 € 300 €
    • Worldwide
      200 € 400 €
Price per track and production, all media, exclusive of 7 % VAT

Non-commercial content, non-fiction (e.g. editorial features, reporting, documentaries, making-ofs) and fiction (e.g. films, series, games) for visual media and streaming such as OTT, VoD and others.

    • TYPE
      PRICE
    • Background music, phone, event or trade fair
      100 €
    • Audio book, audio play or commercial release
      150 €
    • Podcast
      200 €
Price per track and production, worldwide, exclusive of 7 % VAT

Audio productions for events (live or streamed), theater, sound storage, streaming or download.

Audio productions without voice-over (1:1 release), especially commercial releases, are only possible after approval by Sonoton Music.

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Useful resources

  • Our Labels

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  • Price list

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  • Terms & Conditions

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